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NSA Chief: 'Paris Would Not Have Happened' Without Encrypted Apps
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NSA Chief: 'Paris Would Not Have Happened' Without Encrypted Apps

National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers warns that encryption is making it "much more difficult" for the agency to intercept the communications of...

The President's NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert
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The President's NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert

It's taken more than a decade, but a critical oversight board tasked with advising the president on the privacy and civil liberties implications of the NSA's surveillance...

Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life
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Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life

To the computer scientist Leslie Valiant, "machine learning" is redundant.

It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence
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It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder...

From Exile to Eminence: How the Alien Hunters Conquered Astronomy
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From Exile to Eminence: How the Alien Hunters Conquered Astronomy

When Jill Tarter first began to look for aliens, she drew looks askance from her friends and colleagues.

Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance
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Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance

Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where...

Why Safe Harbor 2.0 Will Lose Again
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Why Safe Harbor 2.0 Will Lose Again

Over the weekend, negotiators from the European Union's executive body, and the US Federal Trade Commission worked frantically to thrash out a deal to allow transatlantic...

Will Machines Eliminate Us?
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Will Machines Eliminate Us?

Yoshua Bengio leads one of the world's preëminent research groups developing a powerful AI technique known as deep learning.

Go Players React to Computer Defeat
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Go Players React to Computer Defeat

For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.

A New and Stunning Way to See the Whole Earth
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A New and Stunning Way to See the Whole Earth

The Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 sits 22,000 miles from Earth in orbit. On August 5, 2015, it peered down at the half of Earth that it can see, a hemisphere...

Why We'e So Vulnerable
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Why We'e So Vulnerable

In an age of continuing electronic breaches and rising geopolitical tensions over cyber-espionage, the White House is working on a national cybersecurity strategy...

The 'Pluto Killer' Who Thinks He's Found the True Ninth Planet
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The 'Pluto Killer' Who Thinks He's Found the True Ninth Planet

Mike Brown is an astronomer at Caltech who's been instrumental in the discovery of more than 30 dwarf planets and asteroids at the far reaches of our solar system...

The Long and Winding History of Encryption
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The Long and Winding History of Encryption

Never in history have more people had access to advanced encryption in their homes, offices, and pockets.

Sarah Parcak, Space Archaeologist
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Sarah Parcak, Space Archaeologist

Sarah Parcak can see looting at ancient sites—from space.

Wikipedia Turns 15
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Wikipedia Turns 15

It must be difficult for the roughly half a billion people who visit Wikipedia every month to remember a world without the free online encyclopedia.

China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the Unknown
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China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the Unknown

Physicist Pan Jian-Wei is the architect of the world's first attempt to set up a quantum communications link between Earth and space—an experiment that is set to...

The President Wants Every Student to Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?
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The President Wants Every Student to Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?

President Obama used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining...

Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality
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Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality

"I'm a skeptic of 3-D, but when I saw the paintings I knew I had to use it," Werner Herzog told Judith Thurman in 2010, after the New York première of his documentary...

Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'Hard Problems'
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Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'Hard Problems'

Google's chairman thinks artificial intelligence will let scientists solve some of the world’s "hard problems," like population growth, climate change, human development...

Max Levchin Wants to School Lawmakers on Encryption
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Max Levchin Wants to School Lawmakers on Encryption

PayPal Inc. co-founder Max Levchin wants to make sure lawmakers know "what the hell they're talking about" when they talk about encryption.
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